Posts Tagged ‘terrorism’

On the October 25, 2014 episode of Exposing Faux Capitalism with Jason Erb, I discussed Canada’s new October Crisis and Surprise with two reported terrorist attacks on Canada’s soldiers and Parliament and summary of my interview with alleged Canadian political thought criminal, Arthur Topham.

Related links:
October 15: CSIS to get more powers to track suspected terrorists as details emerge of new federal bill

October 20: Canadian soldiers run down in possible Quebec terror attack

October 22: Soldier shot outside of Parliament at National War Memorial, active shooter believed to be on the loose (contains picture of an RCMP officer with a semiautomatic rifle standing next to a poster of Parliament, saying, a symbol of Canadian democracy since 1867).

October 23: As Ottawa shooting broke out, Stephen Harper hid in a closet, unknown to his own caucus in the same room

October 24: Canadian authorities ran war game drills depicting ISIS attack scenarios

October 24: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau was shot nearly a dozen times before Kevin Vickers fatally wounded him.

October 27: Tories set to introduce bill to beef up CSIS’ ability to monitor Canadians

October 27: Michael Zehaf-Bibeau video to be released ‘someday’, RCMP’s Paulson hopes

November 10: Kevin Vickers to be honoured by Israeli Knesset

November 11: Kevin Vickers feted at security conference in Israel

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From this April 15, 2014 CNN video, they start the six minute segment with talk of suspicious backpacks near the finish line of this year’s Boston Marathon, then talk about some purported video of a recent Al Qaeda demonstration in Yemen, and CNN’s “Terrorism Expert” Peter Bergen comes on to scare the viewers about Al Qaeda’s Number Two there, saying: “To me it doesn’t make any sense that they wouldn’t take the shot if they had it in their sights.”

Then he mentions some bomb maker in attendance at the gathering, who wasn’t shown, saying he is the one who can sneak bombs in on planes undetected.

Enough fearmongering for you yet? It really is this easy to scare the people into giving away their rights. But if that wasn’t enough, they’ve also got so-called alternative media personalities like Alex Jones pumping you full of fear.

If you want drama, tune into a soap opera, and save yourself from the fear.

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Benjamin FranklinHere is something for consideration concerning the specific provision in Bill S-7, which is scheduled to be voted on April 24, 2013, as described in this legislative summary, that allows for the detention of someone suspected of having information about terrorist activities, who can be jailed for up to 12 months if he/she refuses to testify before a judge.

Canadian Maher Arar was suspected by U.S. officials of being involved in terrorism, and was deported to Syria, despite also being a Canadian citizen, and entering from Canada, and Syria being a designated sponsor of terrorism by the U.S., and known to employ torture.

After he was tortured, our government settled with him in a multi-million dollar settlement and apologized for what had happened.

The American officials were sincere in their judgment, and Canadian officials could be sincere in their judgment about a Canadian citizen or resident being suspected of having information about terrorist activities, and as a result, we could do a serious injustice to one of our own, which can be avoided by not renewing this additional provision, which has served us adequately from 2007 when it expired, until now.

Shame on the Liberals for supporting this measure in 2013. If former Liberal leader, Stephane Dion, did one good thing during his tenure, it was courageously voting against the extension of these un-Canadian provisions. The fact that the 2013 Liberals support these measures justifies their third-place standing in the polls.

The only silver lining I see in this that the provisions are set to expire in five years, just as they were originally in 2001.

At the end of 2011, it looked as if Canada was making a decisive split with American-style post-9/11 anti-freedom policies, as I documented in my article, Championed Canadian political success stories on Radio Liberty with Dr. Stan Monteith, and the recent Supreme Court decision requiring wiretap warrants for obtaining text messages was yet another hopeful sign.

The pendulum had swung too far for some, and with the recent politically-timed arrest of two suspects in an alleged Via Train derailment plot, it had to be re-calibrated so that Canada’s increasing liberty relative to the post-9/11 United States didn’t become too noticeable.

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MisleadingFirst, by the attacks being called acts of “terrorism” as opposed to mass murder, despite no evidence at the time that there was a political motive.

Second, that the FBI had any reason or authority to be the primary investigator of the bombings in the absence of evidence of federal crimes involving foreign perpetrators or inter-state activities.

Third, that the military has any authority to conduct police actions on civilians. This was expressly prohibited by the Posse Comitatus Act (1878), and military police action against civilians is contrary to a free society.

Fourth, that a no-fly zone over Boston was justified. In rules of warfare, a no-fly zone is an act of war, as this former Washington Post military correspondent attests, and a de-facto declaration of war was made against the civilian population of Boston.

Fifth, that police have any authority to conduct arbitrary door-to-door searches without a warrant. Such action is expressly prohibited by the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution. The only exigent circumstance to conduct a warrantless search of a home is if there is a clear and present danger to the physical safety or life of others by someone in the house, and if obtaining a warrant would unduly put the life of others at risk, and such exceptions are only justified on the basis that government is instituted to protect life, liberty and property.

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Jerome HauerJerome Hauer, the man billed as a counter-terrorism expert on 9/11, who provided a self-assured explanation that planes alone were capable of bringing down the two World Trade Towersthe professional opinions of 1700+ architects and engineers notwithstanding — studied for a PhD for a “Medical Response to Acts of Nuclear Terrorism” at Cranfield University from 2007-2011, according to his LinkedIn account as of August 20, 2012.

Will Hauer be putting his PhD to practical use?

If so, based on what didn’t happen on 9/11, we should be asking very basic questions about him and his impeccable foresight the next time around, given his track record of warning the Bush administration to go on Cipro before the 2001 anthrax attacks, and of claiming to know so much about civil engineering and bin Laden’s capabilities even before bin Laden became a household name.

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